He Got a B-

Robert G. Heft designed the current United States flag as a school project. His teacher was not impressed, so Robert received a grade of “B-.” But the teacher promised to change his grade to an “A” if his design was adopted by Congress as the official flag. So Robert got his “A” and America got…

Ten Questions

King David prayed, “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts” (Psalm 139:23-24). Self-reflection is a huge part of the recovery process. To that end, let me suggest ten questions to ask yourself on a daily basis. At least, ask them at the end of today. Recovery Step: Hang…

Withdraw

“Jesus withdrew to a region near the wilderness” (John 11:54). That simple act of withdrawal would be one of Jesus’ most profound sermons. His message to those nearest him was clear – we need time away from it all, to unwind and restart our engines. You will recall that John 11 tells the story of…

Presidential Parrot

On June 8, 1845, America’s seventh president died. A few days later, the funeral service of Andrew Jackson attracted thousands. One particular attendee was removed during the service because of his uncontrollable behavior. Throughout the service, he kept interrupting the speakers with fits of profanity. Who was this disrespectful guest? The president’s pet parrot.  Here’s…

Promises, Promises

We all love the promises of God. In the Bible, there are 7,500 of them. Promises like: Here’s another one, from the lips of Jesus himself. “In this world you will have trouble” (John 16:33). Wait a minute! I didn’t sign up for that! Give me the promises about prosperity and peace, happiness and health,…

GDP

Dr. Catherine Cox conducted an extensive analysis of 3,000 significant figures in history. She discovered an interesting commonality among them all. Each of these highly successful people recorded their thoughts, feelings, ideas, and insights. In other words, they journaled. If you are new to journaling, let me help. Try my GDP formula. No, not Gross…

Schizophrenia?

Does God still speak to us? Thomas Szasz doesn’t think so. He quipped, “If you talk to God, you are praying; if God talks to you, you have schizophrenia.”  The Bible is clear. God has a history of speaking to us and through us. “Surely the sovereign Lord does nothing without revealing his plan to…